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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  3,228 Ratings  ·  629 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he's also a genius who invents cool contraptions? like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can't outthink. Like his gym coach, who's on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He's sure ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Philomel Books (first published March 30th 2009)
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Aug 15, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
First, just take a look at that cover. What comes to mind? Looking at the cover, you think you know what this book is about, but you don't.

"A three-story red-brick nightmare of educational progress." (p.2)

That's how Owen Birnbaum introduces us to school, his school at least. At Owen's school students can determine their own "educational progress" by studying whatever floats their boat at the moment.

Being the smartest kid in the school, and now the fattest, brings problems for Owen, even at such
Sep 28, 2016 Mario rated it it was amazing
Moving story about brilliant boy who can’t forget

In present day New York City lives Owen Birnbaum. Owen had something stolen from him 2 years ago. He can never get it back, but he can get revenge on the one who stole it from him, at least he thinks. In this realistic fiction book by Ellen Potter, Owen is a 12 year old kid who is probably fatter than you. He’s also probably smarter than you. Owen isn’t the class clown or the class bully, he’s the class loser. Throughout the book Owen struggles wi
Anyce Paul-Emile
Nov 24, 2014 Anyce Paul-Emile rated it really liked it
He lost his mother and father, but doesn’t know who killed them. He gets bullied for being fat. He is having his stuff stolen. You would think this is the worst of his life, but it’s not. These are some things that are happening in the life of 12 year-old Owen Birnbaum who is also the smartest kid. Also if you are curious at all about what his IQ is let me just tell you this. You may never know. I am still curious about his IQ. It doesn’t say it anywhere in the book. This is a dramatic/funny fi ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Aug 10, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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Ellen Potter's SLOB is as delicious as its main character's beloved Oreo cookies (more on the cookies later). Things are not going well for twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum. Even if you're one point from having a genius IQ, there are still some problems that are almost impossible to solve.

Owen's 57% fatter than the national average, which is bad enough, but after he embarrasses his gym teacher, Mr. Woolsey is out for revenge. Plus, someone is stealing h
Lesli Diaz
Mar 04, 2016 Lesli Diaz rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5/5 because I really enjoyed reading it and it meant to me something. I will recommend this book to the all the 6th grade students because maybe they will learn something about the book that will make them think or change the way of looking at someone or even mean something to them. This book was about a 12 year old boy that weighted 200 something pounds and everyone bullied him at school because he was the fattest kid in school, Owen. Also, his parents died and he needed to i ...more
Tiffany Neal
Apr 28, 2012 Tiffany Neal rated it really liked it
I adored Owen. I absolutely loved his voice and honesty and the twists threaded throughout the plot. Not just a fun story, but also leaves a few subtle messages that kids need to hear. Enjoyed everything about this. A contender for read aloud next year!
Barb Middleton
Nov 17, 2011 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Owen is fat. Really fat. He’s 57% fatter than most 12-year-old boys. And he’s a middle schooler. Ugh. He wasn’t always that way. Food for Owen Birnbaum fills the ache in his stomach that comes when he thinks of his past. Hints are slowly revealed as to what the tragedy is that happened to Owen and his sister, Caitlin or Jeremy. Caitlin is dealing with the past by joining the club GWAB, Girls Who are Boys, where she cuts her hair, wears boys clothes and changes her girl name to the boy name, Jere ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Elements & style: the characters are Owen Birnbaurm[main characters],Jeremy Birnbaurm, Mason Ragg, Nima,& mr. Wolly. The climax is when Own finds out about how his sister Jeremy was faking the break though that Owen was finding who killed his parents. The antagonist in the start was Mason Ragg a guy with the swicte blade in his sock, so Owen hough he was taking his oreos.My mood when I was reading this book was dark & sad.

Characteriztion: Owen is a fat tweleve year old boy really h
Carolyn S
Dec 05, 2012 Carolyn S rated it really liked it
DATE: 12-6-12

I'm currently reading the book "Slob" by Ellen Potter. So far I've gotten to page #117 and I have to say the book is pretty interesting... Owen (the main character) is an overweight twelve year-old boy, but although he may not by physically great, Owen has very high I.Q. scores and he whizzes through his homework in no time flat. One thing I really like about the book is Owen's incredible way of thought and his low self-esteem. He lets bully's attract to him like magnets and when th
Dec 16, 2012 Delaney rated it it was amazing
SLOB by Ellen Potter is about 12- year old Owen Bienbaum who happens to be the fattest kid in school. But, he is also a genius. He is trying to invent a TV that shows his past. There is something that happened two years ago that he had to see. Genius or not, he's still the fattest kid in school, and isn't always treated right. Like his gym teacher, who is out to get him. Or how his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch box. He thinks that if he can get the TV to work, thinks will start to make ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Morgan rated it it was ok
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Mar 18, 2016 SashaM rated it really liked it
The book Slob, by Ellen Potter, is a book that I truly felt inclined to read. From the front cover to the blurb on the side, I knew that I had to read about a kid who was 57 percent fatter than the national average and one point short of a genius. I loved how the book was so realistic; Owen's (main character) parents died in a tragic accident, and the way he copes is by filling the void in his stomach with food. I think this writing is powerful because it also includes the story of a club called ...more
Based on the title of this book, I expected a look into the struggles that an overweight kid faces at school and in everyday life. There really wasn't much focus on this, but I ended up not being disappointed with the content that was there instead. The author has a similar sense of humor to me, and I felt like I could have written some scenes myself. Some of my favorite parts were the times Owen spent with the Buddhist named Nima who sold food from his street cart and liked to watch Bollywood m ...more
Nadia Lotfy
Sep 22, 2015 Nadia Lotfy rated it liked it
this book is about a kid who is fat and always the butt of everybody's jokes. he is really smart but nobody knows that because they all judge him on his weight. i like this book because it makes you think and know what it feels like to be the fat kid. also i think that it is good because you start to feel bad about the times that you looked at fat people differently. (i know tat everybody had one time in their life when they looked t a a fat persona and giggled or something.) i recommend this bo ...more
Jacqueline Platero Diaz
May 12, 2016 Jacqueline Platero Diaz rated it really liked it

Give them back, I hissed.
Unfortunately, I was standing by the messed-up side of his face, so that when he looked up, I was staring full-on at the misshapen sneer and the milky blue eye. "Give it back?" he snarled. "You know what." I was trying to avoid saying because it sounded sort of ridiculous. "Give me back my cookies." I stood there for a minute feeling especially fat. I mean I always feel like boulder. And I just stand there, letting it happen because I'm a boulder an
marcy marshall
Jan 04, 2015 marcy marshall rated it liked it
*** Spoil alert***

Do you like to read mystery books? And the reason why I ask is because this book called slob is full of mystery for instance the main character losses his parents and doesn't know who killed them,and my favorite the mystery of the missing Oreo which will make more since if you read the book. Also the book is A humor, fictional book.

Slob is about a 12 year old boy named Owen who is a fat genius. Slob takes place on December in New York , also in Owen school were a lot of conflic
Slob by Ellen Potter initially pulled me in with likable characters and a myriad of unfolding mysteries revealed throughout the book. Owen is the smartest and fattest kid at his school, and is often bullied by peers and adults in his life. The theft of his lunchtime oreos, the humiliation he faces at the hands of his cruel PE teacher, and his efforts to perfect a mysterious invention are the main focal points of Owen's story.

I was initially impressed and pleased by Potter's treatment of Owen, w
Andrea Villasenor
Jan 29, 2015 Andrea Villasenor rated it really liked it
Do you like getting bullied and named fat? Well neither does Owen. This book is realistic fiction. In my opinion this book is very interesting and fun to read. So if you want to know what Owen goes through keep reading...
Owen is a 12 year old boy who is 156 pounds. But he is a creative genius and invents new things. The book takes place at school and in Owen's house. His life is difficult for him, kids tease him because he is fat. Even the gym teacher humiliates Owen in front of his class mate
Serenity Gause
Feb 28, 2015 Serenity Gause rated it did not like it
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Are you fat and real smart and someone killed you mom and dad,then you would love this book. But I hate it. This book is realistic faction. And this is the most boring book I ever read.

First of all, this book took place at a school and sometime at a fat kid house name is Owen Birnbaum. Not only he is the biggest kid at his school he is the smartest. His IQ is so high that he promise his mom that won't tell no one. He is really a normal kid, but someone is still his cookies and Nemesis to work. N
Melissa Delatorre
Dec 30, 2014 Melissa Delatorre rated it really liked it
****Spoiler Alert *****
Would you like to read a book of mystery? If you do then this is yhe perfect book.This book is mainly about a fat boy named Owen who gets bullied, his oreos get lost, and he tries to visit the past and finds out his parents were killed but doesn't know who killed his parents.The genre of this book is dramatic/funny fiction.

Owen a normal 12 year old wanted to find out who killed his parents and why his real oreos are disappearing but he didn't know how to find the crimina
Susan Kim
Aug 01, 2014 Susan Kim rated it did not like it
I had my daughter (9) read this as it was on an award winning list at the library. She said there was club called GWAB in the book. It means Girls Who Are Boys. That raised a red flag in my mind so I immediately read it to discuss with my daughter so here's the mom's 2 cents. No matter what your position is on gay/lesbian issues, the message it sends kids is disturbing. Unquestionably unresolved bullying is throughout the book. The PE teacher is a bully and he does not get what he deserves in th ...more
N.A. Sharpe
Jun 26, 2009 N.A. Sharpe rated it it was amazing
A lot of things can be said about Owen Birmbaum. He is twelve years old and the fattest kid in school. It’s not mean – it’s statistics. He hasn’t always been this way – only for the last two years. Another thing you can say about Owen is he is an easy target for bullies – even his gym teacher has targeted him as a source of personal entertainment and new feats of humiliation are orchestrated with each and every class.

Owen is not the only one having trouble. He is very close with his little sist
Hannah L.
Mar 21, 2013 Hannah L. rated it really liked it
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Ellen Potter
Slob is about a kid named Owen Birnbaum. He is fifty seven percent fatter than the average eighth grader, but probably the smartest kid in eighth grade. When he was younger, both mother and father got shot in the deli they both owned. Since his seventh grade year, Owen has been trying to figure out a way to signal the surveillance tape from the night his parents died to find out who killed his parents on that fateful night. He names the machine he is working on Nemesis, b
John Carrithers
Oct 01, 2014 John Carrithers rated it really liked it
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Atah Hassan
Oct 08, 2013 Atah Hassan rated it really liked it
He's not popular, fit, handsome nor loved by everyone at school. He's Owen Birnbaum. Owen is a fat genius. He has invented many cool things in the past and is now inventing something to look into the past. This is for sure one of my favorite books.

This book mainly takes place in Owen's house and school. His gym teacher HATES him and even bullies him more then other kids sometimes. Owen's sister Jeremy is a "GWAB" GWAB members are girls who act and dress just like boys. Jeremy loves her brother O
Jun 25, 2011 Sps rated it liked it
Shelves: elem, middle, story
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Jan 08, 2015 Bford7 rated it really liked it
Owen Birnbaum was going through a tough stage in his life. He was extremely overweight. Owen was five feet tall and one hundred fifty-six pounds. Every day, he brought three Oreo cookies to school for a treat after lunch, but something strange started to happen. His cookies just began vanishing. Luckily, Owen was very smart, so he started designing and assembling little contraptions out of things he'd unearth from different demolition sites. One thing he made was the 'Jaws of Anguish', a little ...more
Yoora Jung
Sep 29, 2012 Yoora Jung rated it really liked it
I chose this book because on the cover there was the word "SLOB" with an oreo in the middle so I predicted that it ought to be a story about a fat kid. Since I enjoy reading about obese kids and their point of view, I decided to check it out from the library. This book is about a 12 year old boy who is getting bullied by his classmates and harassed by his P.E. teacher just because he's the fattest kid in school. He's also the smartest kid and he tries to find out who killed his parents two year ...more
Destinee Sutton
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Kobe Lin
Nov 26, 2012 Kobe Lin rated it it was amazing
I think that the book SLOB was an amazing book. I really liked the book because the author, Ellen Potter, just makes the story flow and make me able to pretend that I am the main character, Owen, and that my sister is Owen's sister, Caitlin ( or Jeremy). I also like this book because it is like a mystery and suspense book, but at the same time, it is like a realistic fiction book. My favorite part of the book is when the main character Owen doesn't get picked on because of his weight anymore. Th ...more
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Ellen Potter is the author of many children's books, including the Olivia Kidney series, Pish Posh, SLOB, and The Kneebone Boy. Her non-fiction book, Spilling Ink; a Young Writer’s Handbook, was co-authored by Anne Mazer

Olivia Kidney was awarded Child magazine’s “Best Children’s Book Award” and was selected as one of the “Books of the Year” by Parenting magazine.

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